Ultra nature 2. Miguel Chevalier.

Lambda print on diasec, 40x30 cm

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About Ultra Nature :
Ultra Nature is a lush virtual garden. The garden's flora is made up of eight varieties of luminescent, scalar plants, ranging from herbaceous vegetation and bright yellow flowers with turquoise stems, through to cacti in shades of red and violet. Each plant evolves according to a unique cycle that is defined by its morphogenetic characteristics. Motion sensors allow visitors to influence the growth of the garden's plants. As viewers interact with the artwork, the plants incline to the left or right, creating a scene which alternates between baroque strapwork and stylized organic ballet.

About Miguel Chevalier :
Miguel Chevalier was born in Mexico City in 1959. Since 1985, he has been based in Paris, where he does most of his work.
He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1980 and went on to Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. After graduating in 1983, he was awarded the Lavoisier scholarship by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and studied at the Pratt Institute, New York. In 1994, he served as artist in residence at the Kujoyama Villa, Kyoto, Japan.
Miguel Chevalier's wide-ranging artistic vision has been shaped by a broad education and extensive travel. Since 1982, his art has been dedicated to the exploration of technology. Taking references from the history of art and reformulating them using computer tools, his works investigate the flux and networks that underlie contemporary society. He is known internationally as one of the pioneers of virtual and digital art. His images are a rich source of insights into ourselves and our relationship to the world.
Miguel Chevalier has developed and refined his highly individual approach over the course of numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world. Major exhibitions and presentations of his work have included :  Musée d'Art Moderne and the ARC Gallery in Paris in 1988 Vivita Gallery in Florence in 1989
the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville and Barcelona Muséo de artes visuales in Caracas, Venezuela in 1993 Pompidou Center, Paris, in 1994 with "Urban visions" Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City in 1996
Stuttgart Staatsgalerie with "The Magic of the Figure" in 1997 "Périphérie" at the Espace Cardin, Paris, in 1998 "Memories and Mutations" at the Fabrika in Beirut in 1999 Kwangju Biennale, Korea, in 2000
"Metapolis" at the Marco de Monterrey Museum in Mexico City in 2002 "Intersecting Networks" at the Bourse de Commerce, Paris, in 2003 Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève "Meta-City" in 2004 "Living in the networks” Espace odeon5 (Paris), ”Digital Arabesques ” IFM of Marrakech (Marocco), NewZendai Art Museum "Ultra-Nature", Shanghai, (China), Alliance Française Buenos Aires "Supra-Natura", (Argentine), Kunstverket Gallery in Oslo, "Intersecting Networks" (Norway), Daejeon Museum "Digital paradise" (Korea) in 2005. Galerie Thinkingprints inBruxelles " Métacités" (Belgium), In Palais Ksar Char Bagh, Marrakech "Digital Arabesques " (Marocco) en 2006. "Crossborders 2007", Grand comptoire, Metz railway station, Luxembourg & greater region, European capital of culture (FRA)," Paradis Artificiel / Sur-Natures 2007", Gallery of Galeries Lafayette, Paris (FRA), " Ultra-Nature", Glow Festival: forum of light in art and architecture, Eindhoven (NLD) in 2007 "Pixels Liquides", Festival des Bains Numériques # 3, Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains(France), "Ultra-Natures", Emoção Art.ficial 4.0, Centro Cultural Itaú, São Paulo (BRA) in 2008
A monograph of his works from 1985 to 2000 has been published in France by Flammarion, and features essays and interviews by Pierre Restany, Laurence Bertrand Dorléac and Patrick Imbard. The monograph is accompanied by a CD-Rom made with Christine Buci-Glucksmann of his video and virtual reality installations.

A second monogragraph of his work from 2000 to 2008 will be publish in French and english, in october 2008, by Monografik, with texts of Mario Costa, Edmond Couchot, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Ariella Masboungi and Mohamed Rachdi.
His monumental 112-sq.m work completed in 2000, "Inhabiting Networks" is on permanent display in the lobby of the Palais des Congrès at the Porte Maillot, Paris. This creation was commissioned by architect Christian de Portzamparc and the Paris Chamber of Commerce. It is an interactive work of holographic films, inset with newspapers comprised by 24,000 LEDs that light up as visitors move through the building.

Miguel Chevalier on Digitalarti
Miguel Chevalier website:
http://www.miguel-chevalier.com/

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